Messenger

Messenger

Book - 2004
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Knowing that the Village will soon be closed to all outsiders, Matty must make the trek through the dangerous Forest to find Seer's daughter and convince her to return with him before it is too late and he loses her forever.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN: 9780385732536
9780618404414
Branch Call Number: Fiction Lowry TEEN
Characteristics: 176 p. ; 22 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Aug 05, 2017

In my review of Gathering Blue, I said it was a companion piece to The Giver, but not a sequel. And the cover of my edition of Messenger also calls it a companion to the preceding two books. But it's clear that all three books (and, from what I've seen, the fourth book as well) tell different parts of the same story.
In Messenger, we see Matt (now Matty) and Kira's father, and we're reintroduced to a key character from The Giver, and we're shown the village (named, of course, Village) that Kira's father had been living in when Matt found him. Village has always been a peaceful, friendly place, but it's starting to change. (And really, it was never explained clearly why Village and Forest and their inhabitants were experiencing such a negative change.)
I'm told that the fourth book in the series will wrap up all the loose ends and tie all the other books together. I hope so, because there are so many things left unaddressed, such as how Kira managed to change her village, and where Kira and Leader got their Gifts.

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susan_findlay
Jun 24, 2016

This is Matty's story - but it also brings back both Jonas and Kira in yet another society in the world of The Giver and Gathering Blue.
The story is gripping, but there are one or two points left unexplained that I hope will be revisited in Son.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 27, 2016

Messenger directly connects the characters first seen in The Giver and Gathering Blue. Matty, first introduced in Gathering Blue, is the protagonist of Messenger. He is as spirited as he was in Gathering Blue, but perhaps a little tamer and wiser. Matty is curious about his community and the changes he sees in the people around him. In the beginning of the book he takes his job relaying messages very seriously, as he is one of the few who can pass through Forest unharmed. This book stands alone as a novel, focusing on serious themes such as pride, consumerism, exclusivity, global suffering, and community. Still, one of those most intriguing things about this book is seeing what became of characters like Jonas, Kira, and Christopher who were introduced in the first two books in The Giver Quartet.

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cheech
Jan 12, 2016

Lois Lowry never fails. Read this in one afternoon. The ending though... wish it was different.

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trevorbrightwell
Jan 03, 2016

This book won't make much sense without reading gathering blue first. Should also read the giver as well, but less important.

This book is a pretty fast read. It is targeted to middle school age.

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sspaniolo
Aug 08, 2015

I really enjoyed this novel. What I liked the most was that Lois Lowry made a connection between The Giver and Gathering Blue. It was interesting seeing Jonas as a young adult and seeing how he and Matty interact with one another.

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Hafsa_HP_EXO1236
Jul 13, 2015

An epic tale that will leave you thinking long after you have completed it's ever intriguing pages! I must admit, at the beginning of the book it seemed quite dry and slow moving; however, that was an important part that allowed the reader to understand the world and its ways. It was a development process for the picture that would later tie in with all events, but as you reach the true adventure (somewhere around the middle), well let's just say I couldn't put the book down! Wonderfully humane and the metaphors are excellently presented! I though The Giver and Gathering Blue were good but this one has to be my favorite!

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fuzzybunnies
Apr 21, 2015

I loved this book. But before you read it I suggest that you read The Giver and Gathering blue.
This one was by far my favorite out of the four.

RachelNaderer Jul 30, 2014

CAN I USE MY KINDLE TO READ THIS BOOK?

GeekyBookFreak Jun 08, 2014

i liked that book but i think the ending could have been a lot better

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tutgirl48
Jun 05, 2013

Matty now lives in Village with Seer, Kira's father. Matty notices changes in people and determines that the Trademart has something to do with it. When the Village decides that Village should be closed to outsiders, Seer worries that Kira will not be able to join him as she said she would and sends Matty back to convince Kira to come now. Forest is thickening and is warning Kira and Matty that they will be destroyed. Leader enters forests to help Kira and Matty, but he too begins to be entangled by Forest. Matty uses his power to heal earth, the Forest, his Village, and Kira's wounds, but not without the ultimate sacrifice.

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123_its_me
Jul 29, 2012

Since he started living in the Village, Matty always wanted to earn his true name and he wants that name to be Messenger. However, Matty begins to realize that he has a special power to heal. A mysterious force causes the residents of the village to change from kind, generous people to greedy people. Matty must go to his old home to bring the Seer's daughter, who is also his friend Kira, to the Village before the greedy villagers decide to close the Village from outsiders forever. In the process, Matty does something extremely heroic and to find out what that is, READ THE BOOK! I've told you enough already.

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LuluY
Jul 09, 2011

The last book in the trilogy, all the characters make an appearance here. After Matty escapes his abusive village, he takes refuge in a village that is a safe haven to all. However, greed manages to creep into the village and Matty has to go back to his old village to bring back his friend (Kira) - before the hostile forest and village close in on them forever.

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FFAZ
Jun 20, 2015

..you have more than you know. And people will want what you have.

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